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People with Kaposi sarcoma may experience the following symptoms or signs, especially if they also have human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) or acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS). Symptoms are changes that you can feel in your body. Signs are changes in something measured, like by taking your blood pressure or doing a lab test. Together, symptoms and signs can help describe a medical problem. Sometimes, people with Kaposi sarcoma do not have any of the symptoms or signs described below. Or, the cause of a symptom or sign may be a medical condition that is not cancer.
Slightly elevated purple, pink, brown, black, blue, or red blotches or bumps anywhere on the skin or in the mouth and/or throat
Lymphedema, which is swelling caused by a blockage of the lymphatic system
Unexplained cough or chest pain
Unexplained stomach or intestinal pain
Diarrhea and/or blockage of the digestive tract, which can be caused by Kaposi sarcoma lesions that have developed in the gastrointestinal tract
If you are concerned about any changes you experience, please talk with your doctor. Your doctor will ask how long and how often you’ve been experiencing the symptom(s), in addition to other questions. This is to help figure out the cause of the problem, called a diagnosis.
If cancer is diagnosed, relieving symptoms remains an important part of cancer care and treatment. Managing symptoms may also be called "palliative care" or "supportive care." It is often started soon after diagnosis and continued throughout treatment. Be sure to talk with your health care team about the symptoms you experience, including any new symptoms or a change in symptoms.
The next section in this guide is Diagnosis. It explains what tests may be needed to learn more about the cause of the symptoms. Use the menu to choose a different section to read in this guide.